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Southeast Asia's longest volcanic cave swing

Translated by Bing
The trip to explore the Chu B'luk volcanic cave complex (Dak Nong province) does not require too much physical strength, but visitors need to overcome the fear of heights and adhere to rope climbing techniques.

The journey to explore Chu B'luk volcanic cave (Dak Nong province) does not make it difficult for "new soldiers". That is, as long as you are physically at a decent level and overcome your fear of heights, you can visit this beautiful place.

However, that doesn't mean you don't need to prepare for the trip. In particular, the most important is the support and close follow-up of professional people. Inherently, trekking and climbing are not easy adventures.

At the Chu B'luk volcanic cave complex, the C8 cave entrance is a beautiful arch. The sunlight shining directly from the skylight into the cave is like light from heaven.

Chu B'luk anh 1

Discovered in 2007, the Chu B'luk volcanic cave complex, belonging to the UNESCO Global Geopark, was once set a record by the Japan Volcanic Cave Association for the longest volcanic cave in Southeast Asia.

Magma flows from 3,700 years ago have formed more than 100 large and small caves here. Hidden under dry forests is a green, thriving vegetation.

In 2018, Assoc. Dr. Nguyen Lan Cuong, from the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology, said many sites and artifacts, including labor tools such as stoneware, pottery, bones and mollusk shells - traces of prehistoric people - have been discovered at this cave complex.

With a unique and complex geological structure, currently, the Chu B'luk volcanic cave complex only put into tourism 2 most beautiful caves, C8 and C9. To explore this place, visitors need to perform 2 techniques: abseiling and canyoning.

According to Mr. Nguyen Van Kinh, an expert in climbing mountains and crossing terrain by rope, abseiling is a technique of lowering body height vertically by controlling wiring and safety equipment. This method is usually performed in rugged terrain such as cliffs, mountain peaks or high structures.

Meanwhile, canyoning It is an adventure activity usually carried out in a natural environment, combining various techniques such as walking, rock climbing, swimming, sliding and applying the Abseiling technique to explore mountain chasms or deep canyons.

From the top of C9 cave, at an altitude of 30 m, visitors will undergo a short training session before officially taking on the challenge of lowering the rope into the cave bed.

Hanging and slowly landing from the top of cave C9, I was overwhelmed by the magnificence behind the vast archway. Like a world of giants, the cave bed has huge leaves that can wrap an entire person, a dense carpet of ferns "piercing" sprawling rocks, piled up like a hill - traces of collapse caused by volcanic activity millions of years ago.

On the second day, after hiking through the jungle, I prepared a new challenge: canyoning over Liu Ly Waterfall with an altitude of 25 meters. The same technique uses abseiling, but the slippery terrain makes it more difficult, but the stimulation is also heightened. The reward for the winner himself is the cool water flowing from the great thousand at the foot of the falls.

Overarching fear is something no one can avoid when they first push their limits to dare to embark on risky exploration activities. I used to think, "I can't do it," but ultimately our limits lie in our thinking, not our abilities.

These challenging adventure experiences not only helped me admire precious paintings from prehistoric times, but also broke down the barriers of the fear of "I can't!"

The waterfall rope swing brings a new and unique experience, challenging the power within.

The journey to explore Chu B'luk volcanic cave does not require too much physical strength because the climbing path is flat, not steep, only about 4-8 km. However, with the characteristics of extreme sports, you need to join the trip with a tour organizer. This unit will be accompanied by climbing experts, abseiling specialists, main guides, auxiliary guides, medical staff and 2 local people, ensuring safety and assisting visitors through the terrain.

The cost of this discovery tour is 4.25 million VND when departing from Ho Chi Minh City. HCM.

According to Zing

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